Alaska Brief Newsletter: January 2016
Thank you to all of our donors in 2015 and especially to everyone that increased their giving at the end of the year. We are so grateful for all the support you give us, both in your financial gifts, and in your unwavering support of our work to defend what we love about Alaska.
Your donations will be put to good use in the coming year. In 2016, we have important cases across the state in which natural and subsistence resources as well as wild lands are at risk. Without the financial support of donors and funders like you, we would not be able to defend Alaska’s lands, waters, wildlife, and people with the success we achieved in 2015 and in the past 40 years.
Here’s to positive change in the New Year,
PS: Just today we learned that the Environmental Protection Agency’s watchdog Inspector General cleared the EPA of bias in conducting the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment.
Who Owns Alaska’s Waterways? Outside Magazine online article on Sturgeon V. Frost
The US Supreme Court hears the Sturgeon v. Frost case later this month. The case is about who owns the waterways within Alaska’s federal lands. Trustees for Alaska has worked on this case for over four years to ensure ANILCA’s protections stay in place for Alaska’s iconic waters. We also submitted a friend of the court brief to the Supreme Court in the matter on behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association and twelve other organizations.
Outside Magazine Online published an article on the case. John Leshy, a natural resources law expert and former Solicitor for the Department of Interior under President Clinton, highlights the absurdity of the State’s argument, noting that it is “contradicted by a couple hundred years of law[. Alaska’s] states’ rights-sovereign rights claim is just political rhetoric.”
New Predator control regulations for wildlife refuges
The US Fish & Wildlife Service has proposed to limit predator control activities within Alaska’s national wildlife refuges. The changes are in response to increasing liberalization of allowable predator killing methods by the State of Alaska.
Trustees for Alaska has worked for decades to ensure that predator control is done on a scientific basis to protect their role in the ecosystem.
University of Washington School of Law student Kendall Hamilton joins Trustees for Alaska’s staff for the spring semester. She’ll be earning school credit while she helps us with our legal cases and gains hands-on experience in what it’s like to be a public interest environmental attorney.